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Visitors to Shoe Obsession at The Museum at FIT might have noticed some mind-blowing biomorphic shoes that seemed to be made of bone. Like this “Biomimicry” shoe by Marieka Ratsma.

This shoe is dope.
Photograph by Thomas van Schaik

It was made with a 3D printer by Shapeways, a leading company in the business. 3D printing is the next big thing, according to Duann Scott, “designer evangelist” for Shapeways. Scott spoke at FIT to a packed audience on February 26 as part of the Love Your Library series.

He proposed that 3D printing will be an important manufacturing method of the future, because infinite complexity and customization don’t cost extra, there are no start-up costs, and the process results in very little waste.

Scott said that one company, with a 6-by-6-meter printing capacity, is making modular homes.

To create an object, just upload a design, choose a material (options include steel, silver, ceramic, and various plastics), and the item will be shipped in two to three weeks.

Hue doesn’t understand the technical process; it has something to do with layers and maybe lasers.

At posting time, this shoe was still undergoing testing for durability and comfort, but soon, it will be for sale in Shapeways’ marketplace. The marketplace also offers lots of jewelry, figurines, and toys, such as an insanely large $1,600 Rubik’s Cube.

The best news of all? FIT now has a 3D printer and may open it up for student use in the fall.

With all this 3D furor, Hue hopes people still appreciate 2D things; for example, magazines and magazine blogs.

Joshua Harker sold this skull on Kickstarter for $50 each. He made more than $77,000. Photography by Alessandro Casagli.


Hue recently acquired a top-secret video in conjunction with the graduate student exhibition, Boots: The Height of Fashion, running through April 6.

The video you are about to watch, produced for a graduate studies class, has scenes that have been deemed both informative and amusing, and potentially inappropriate for a museum audience. Consider yourself warned.

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Powerful stuff indeed. Hue is still puzzling over the lessons learned. Here are the facts:

Boots are the height of fashion. Given that the word “of” signifies multiplication, boots = height(figurative) x fashion.

Boots make women feel powerful, the corollary being that boots are a danger to anyone in the path of their wearers. In mathematical terms, boots = danger.

The higher the boot, the more powerful the wearer. Making a simple substitution, height(literal) is proportional to danger.

Finally, boots are sex, status, and rebellion. Therefore, boots = sex + status + rebellion.

Solving for fashion, then:

Fashion = boots / height(f)

Fashion = danger / height(f)

Fashion : height(l) / height(f)

From this we can learn that fashion is proportional to the literal height of the boot divided by its figurative height.

Also, height(f) = (sex + status + rebellion) / fashion

Solving for sex:

Sex + status + rebellion = fashion x height(f)

Sex = fashion x height(f) – status – rebellion

In other words, sex is nothing more than the height of fashion minus status and rebellion.

Hue senses a pun in here somewhere.


Around lunchtime on a gloomy Wednesday, visitors stepped into The Museum at FIT for a show about “the impact of emerging technologies on the nature of fashion and production.” Some were awed by the objects, like a marvelous pink polyester dress by Mary McFadden with her distinctive pleats. Others had their minds strictly on how these innovative garments would look in their own wardrobes. Here are some comments Hue couldn’t help hearing that afternoon.

On the right, the aforementioned Mary McFadden dress, complete with pleats (seeing them may require squinting and/or imagination).

“For once I don’t look at [Issey Miyake’s] clothing and think you have to be really thin to wear it. It can be for the average woman.”

“My! That’s a fat jacket. . . . Like a fat trash bag.”

On a rectangular white dress made from paper-like fabric: “I hope no one confused her for an envelope at the post office.”

“I like this BAAAAAAAAAGGG!”

The mannequin on the left wearing Gareth Pugh is holding the baaaaaaaaaggg.

On a pair of Nicholas Kirkwood shoes with multicolored electrical wires: “I know people like shoes, but those are too crazy for me.”

A short exchange after watching a video clip on digital T-shirts:
“What if you get wet?”
“ZAP! . . . That’s a good question.”

A fuchsia Cardin dress with molded 3D shapes. Hue wonders if it’s machine-washable.

Guest blogger Gaby Campoverde is a sophomore from Swarthmore College studying Art History and Linguistics. In her free time, she enjoys taking long walks in the city, staring at window displays on Fifth Avenue, and spending quality time with her Yorkie, Jamie.


In Fashion, A-Z: Highlights from the Collection of The Museum at FIT, Part One, November 29, 2011 to May 8, 2012:

“I like the paisley look.”

“No you don’t.”

“Yeah. I do.”


“That looks like something Judge Judy would enjoy.”


“Oh wow. Oh wow. Wow.”

Boudicca, 2006

In Daphne Guinness, September 16, 2011 to January 7, 2012:

“Looks like matador-meets-geisha.”


“This one would clear the dance floor, right?”


“It’s intensely sexual but still feminine. I love it.”


“She got a lot of clothes, this gal.”

One of Daphne's wilder getups